CANADA: CFIA/Health hazard alert: Mehran Brand chilli powder may contain salmonella bacteria
Posted: January 21st, 2011 - 3:05pm
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Super Asia Food & Spices Limited are warning the public not to consume the chilli powders described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The following Mehran brand Chilli Powders, product of Pakistan, are affected by this alert:
Best Before Date
8 05159 10036 2
8 05159 10037 9
These products have been distributed in Ontario.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
The Importer, Super Asia Food & Spices Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).